Chaffey College

5885 Haven Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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Chaffey College is a two-year public community college located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, near Los Angeles in Southern California.  The college district serves the inland empire of Western San Bernardino County. The cities served include Chino, Chino Hills, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, and Upland, among others.

Chaffey College offers academic and occupational programs to the local community via its three campuses and online education program. Many students follow a core curriculum that allows them to transfer to four-year universities to complete a bachelor's degree. Chaffey College has been recognized for its outstanding vocational and technology programs, which include nursing, automotive technology, hotel and food service, and aeronautics, among others.


Chaffey College was founded in 1883 as a private college. The college was established by brothers George and William Chaffey as the Chaffey College School of Agriculture. Their aim was to establish a local college that would bring quality education to the citrus growing families of the Upland and Ontario areas. In 1916, it was accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and began receiving public funding.

From the early days, Chaffey College was known for its fine athletics department. Chaffey beat USC for the first championship of intercollegiate football in Southern California in 1893.

In 1970, the Board of Trustees became the Chaffey Community College District. In 1990, the college opened its first educational center in the community, in Ontario. A second educational center opened in Fontana in 1999. In 2000, The Chaffey College Chino Center was opened. Its Chino Information Technology Center opened in 2002. In 2007, the college opened its Ralph M. Lewis Center.


The academic calendar for Chaffey College follows the semester format, with fall and spring semesters. The fall semester begins in mid-August and runs to mid-December. The spring semester begins in mid-January and runs to mid-May.

Colleges and Schools

  • School of Business and Applied Technology
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Language Arts
  • School of Mathematics and Science
  • School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • School of Visual, Performing and Communication Arts
  • School of Instructional Support

Student Life

Student resources at Chaffey College include online services, CalWORKS, a child development center, counseling center, disability programs and services, distance education, study abroad program, a global career center, student jobs services, honors program, student health services, veteran services, a writing center, and more

Students at Chaffey College are encouraged to pursue activities beyond the classroom to enrich their college experience. Student organizations on campus include everything from an Anime Club and the Associate Press to a Ceramics Club, Glee Club and Philosophy Club.

There is no on-campus housing available, but there is a housing directory that provides information on how to find a variety of rentals and housing options near the campuses.


The traditional school colors for Chaffey College are red, white and black. The school mascot is the panther, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Chaffey College "Panthers."


The Chaffey College "Panthers" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Water Polo 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its primary campus in Rancho Cucamonga, Chaffey College has two satellite campuses: The Chaffey College Chino Campus in Chino, California and the Chino Campus at College Park. These campuses include the Chaffey College Chino Education Center and the Robert Pile Chaffey College Chino Information Technology Center.

Community Life

The Chaffey College Foundation was established in 1987 to support Chaffey's leadership and raise the funds necessary for student enrichment and a stronger college community.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $10,100. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $1,100-$1,300
    • Out-of-State: $6,200-$7,402
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $46-$55 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $260-$310 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid77%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships77%$5,012

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Chaffey College may offer services to students including:

  • Online classes
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care for children

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Many community colleges are not only a source of technical or career training but also a stepping stone for students to transfer-out to a 4-year college, therefore we have included both graduation and transfer rates below and how Chaffey College compares against other community colleges in San Bernardino County and community colleges in California as a whole.

 Chaffey CollegeSan Bernardino CountyCalifornia
Graduation Rate21.0%19.4%24.3%
Transfer-out Rate15.1%12.6%13.8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Assistant Program (more info)
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1963)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1973)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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